Make-up artist hon­oured for in­cred­i­ble work on film Dark­est Hour

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

Shun­ning El­ton John and blag­ging your way into a Van­ity Fair af­ter-party - doors open for you when you have just won an Os­car.

That was cer­tainly the case for David Mali­nowski last Sun­day as the man who grew up in Peter­bor­ough con­quered LA af­ter his in­cred­i­ble work on the film Dark­est Hour.

The 39-year-old fol­lowed up his Crit­ics’ Choice Award, Bafta and Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylist Guild Award by land­ing the big­gest prize of them all thanks to his 18 hour a day ef­forts trans­form­ing Gary Old­man­in­toWin­stonChurchill for the Sec­ond World War drama.

Speak­ing to the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph from his home in As­ton Clin­ton, Buck­ing­hamshire, a jet lagged David said: “I just still can’t be­lieve it - it’s amaz­ing. It’s def­i­nitely a dream come true.”

The for­mer Ful­bridge Ju­nior and Dea­con’s School pupil had been a fron­trun­ner to win an Os­car along­side col­leagues Kazuhiro Tsuji and Lucy Sib­bick, but he ad­mit­ted there was a lot of ten­sion wait­ing for his name to be called out.

“You feel a bit sick af­ter all these months of pre­par­ing for it, just wait­ing on those words from the pre­sen­ters,” said David.

“As much as we were the front run­ners for most of this trip, any­thing can hap­pen.”

And af­ter pos­ing for pho­to­graphs back­stage and con­duct­ing in­ter­views, next up was a £1,500 din­ner at the Gover­nors Ball with fel­low nom­i­nees and win­ners which in­cluded food be­ing brought to his ta­ble and any drinks he wanted.

Then came the af­ter-party where hav­ing an Os­car in hand proved very use­ful.

David re­called: “Af­ter the Gover­nors Ball we were go­ing to go to El­ton John’s place but some friends said they had al­ready been there and they were go­ing to Van­ity Fair.

“Se­cu­rity stopped us and said ‘do you have tick­ets?’

“I said ‘no, but I have one of these’. He said ‘wow’ and I walked straight through.”

David, wife Liz and friends then par­tied along­side the likes of P Diddy and Naomi Camp­bell, while David also shared a selfie with James Cor­den. Next came more in­ter­views in­clud­ing with Chris Evans on BBC Ra­dio 2.

Now back at home, David was last night due to go to his lo­cal pub to cel­e­brate as he weighs up what to do next in his ca­reer.

David’s par­ents Paul and Chris­tine still live in Lam­mas Road, Dogsthorpe, and Paul said: “It was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing to see our son win an Os­car - some­thing you dream of but never dare to be­lieve will ac­tu­ally hap­pen. Proud par­ents doesn’t come close to how we’re feel­ing right now.”

“It’s def­i­nitely a dream come true.”

David Mali­nowski

“Proud par­ents doesn’t come close to how we’re feel­ing.”

Paul Mali­nowski

David Mali­nowski with James Cor­den at the af­ter-party

David Mali­nowski and his wife Liz on the red car­pet.

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